Greater Phoenix Metro Region Among Nation’s Top 10 Places for New Grads

Posted By Mike Padgett

Press Release

May 13, 2009

TEMPE, Ariz. – As President Barack Obama welcomes the more than 8,000 graduates of Arizona State University to ‘the real world’ at today’s commencement at Sun Devil Stadium, those who choose to stay in the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area might feel a bit more confident.

Apartments.com and CBcampus.com have named the region as one of the 10 Best Cities for Recent College Graduates. Based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s figures, inventory of new jobs requiring less than one year of experience and the average cost of rent for a one bedroom apartment, Phoenix ranked seventh.

Graduates should have an easier time finding jobs in sales, customer service and marketing, according to the survey.

“This is great news as our local graduates look for jobs in the worst economy in decades,” said Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman, home of ASU. “Tempe is the only city in the region that has more jobs than residents. We also have a large number of marketing, advertising and public relations firms in our downtown, including Sitewire Marketspace, Terralever, Off Madison Avenue and Spark Design.”

A page at www.tempe.gov/jobs also has listings of positions for which students may apply. Details on how to get involved in Tempe’s business community may be found at www.tempe.gov/business. City figures show that 175,000 people work in the community, which has a population of 165,000.

“Tempe’s outstanding mix of employers provides a unique opportunity for graduates to walk right into a challenging career and lifetime opportunity for not only professional but also personal success,” said Tempe Economic Development Director Sheri Wakefield-Saenz. “Arizona State University is a job engine for the Greater Phoenix region and provides the natural Town and Gown link for graduates, particularly in the engineering, technology, healthcare and business fields,” she said.

(Read the complete story about the new survey at:  http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/worklife/05/13/cb.top10.cities.grads/index.html)

According to Apartments.com and CBcampus.com, the top 10 U.S. cities for new grads are:

1. Indianapolis

Average rent: $625

Popular entry-level categories: sales, customer service, health care

 

2. Philadelphia

Average rent: $1,034

Popular entry-level categories: sales, customer service, management

 

3. Baltimore

Average rent: $1,130

Popular entry-level categories: sales, customer service, health care

 

4. Cincinnati

Average rent: $691

Popular entry-level categories: sales, customer service, health care

 

5. Cleveland

Average rent: $686

Popular entry-level categories: sales, marketing, customer service

 

6. New York

Average rent: $1,548

Popular entry-level categories: sales, customer service, admin-clerical

 

7. Phoenix

Average rent: $747

Popular entry-level categories: sales, customer service, marketing

 

8. Denver

Average rent: $877

Popular entry-level categories: sales, customer service, health care

 

9. Chicago

Average rent: $1,133

Popular entry-level categories: sales, marketing, customer service

 

10. San Antonio

Average rent: $696

Popular entry-level categories: sales, customer service, management

 

Source: City of Tempe, Ariz. For more information: www.tempe.gov

 

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May 13th, 2009

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